WSR 07-20-079

PERMANENT RULES

HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY


(Basic Health)

[ Order 07-04 -- Filed October 1, 2007, 1:01 p.m. , effective November 1, 2007 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: The purpose of these rule amendments is to comply with chapter 259, Laws of 2007, which adds foster parents licensed under chapter 74.15 RCW, with incomes up to 300% of the federal poverty level as adjusted for family size and determined annually by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, to the definition of "subsidized enrollee" for purposes of Basic Health eligibility.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 182-25-010 and 182-25-080.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.47.050.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 07-17-095 on August 16, 2007.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: October 1, 2007.

Jason Siems

Rules Coordinator

OTS-9850.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 05-06, filed 5/24/06, effective 7/1/06)

WAC 182-25-010   Definitions.   The following definitions apply throughout these rules.

(1) "Administrator" means the administrator of the Washington state health care authority (HCA) or designee.

(2) "Appeal procedure" means a formal written procedure for resolution of problems or concerns raised by enrollees which cannot be resolved in an informal manner to the enrollee's satisfaction.

(3) "Basic health plan" (or "BHP") means the system of enrollment and payment for basic health care services administered by the administrator through managed health care systems.

(4) "BHP Plus" means the program of expanded benefits available to children through coordination between the department of social and health services (DSHS) and basic health plan. Eligibility for BHP Plus is determined by the department of social and health services, based on Medicaid eligibility criteria. To be eligible for the program children must be under age nineteen, with a family income at or below two hundred percent of federal poverty level, as defined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. They must be Washington state residents, not eligible for Medicare, and may be required to meet additional DSHS eligibility requirements.

(5) "Co-payment" means a payment indicated in the schedule of benefits which is made by an enrollee to a health care provider or to the MHCS.

(6) "Covered services" means those services and benefits in the BHP schedule of benefits (as outlined in the member handbook issued to the enrollee, or to a subscriber on behalf of the enrollee), which an enrollee shall be entitled to receive from a managed health care system in exchange for payment of premium and applicable co-payments, coinsurance and deductible.

(7) "Disenrollment" means the termination of coverage for a BHP enrollee.

(8) "Effective date of enrollment" means the first date, as established by BHP, on which an enrollee is entitled to receive covered services from the enrollee's respective managed health care system.

(9) "Dependent," as it applies to the subsidized or nonsubsidized programs, means:

(a) The subscriber's lawful spouse, not legally separated, who resides with the subscriber; or

(b) The unmarried child of the subscriber or the subscriber's dependent spouse, whether by birth, adoption, legal guardianship, or placement pending adoption, who is:

(i) Younger than age nineteen, and who has not been relinquished for adoption by the subscriber or the subscriber's dependent spouse; or

(ii) Younger than age twenty-three, and a registered student at an accredited secondary school, college, university, technical college, or school of nursing, attending full time, other than during holidays, summer and scheduled breaks; or

(c) A person of any age who is incapable of self-support due to disability, and who is the unmarried child of the subscriber or the subscriber's dependent spouse, whether by birth, adoption, or legal guardianship; or

(d) An unmarried child younger than age nineteen who is residing with the subscriber under an informal guardianship agreement. For a child to be considered a dependent of the subscriber under this provision:

(i) The guardianship agreement must be signed by the child's parent;

(ii) The guardianship agreement must authorize the subscriber to obtain medical care for the child;

(iii) The subscriber must be providing at least fifty percent of the child's support; and

(iv) The child must be on the account for BHP coverage.

(10) "Eligible full-time employee" means an employee who meets all eligibility requirements in WAC 182-25-030 and who is regularly scheduled to work thirty or more hours per week for an employer. The term includes a self-employed individual (including a sole proprietor or a partner of a partnership, and may include an independent contractor) if the individual:

(a) Is regularly scheduled to work thirty hours or more per week; and

(b) Derives at least seventy-five percent of his or her income from a trade or business that is licensed to do business in Washington.

Persons covered under a health benefit plan pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 shall not be considered eligible employees for purposes of minimum participation requirements.

(11) "Eligible part-time employee" means an employee who meets all the criteria in subsection (10) of this section, but who is regularly scheduled to work fewer than thirty hours per week for an employer.

(12) "Employee" means one who is in the employment of an employer, as defined by RCW 50.04.080.

(13) "Employer" means an enterprise licensed to do business in Washington state, as defined by RCW 50.04.080, with employees in addition to the employer, whose wages or salaries are paid by the employer.

(14) "Enrollee" means a person who meets all applicable eligibility requirements, who is enrolled in BHP, and for whom applicable premium payments have been made.

(15) "Family" means an individual or an individual and eligible spouse and dependents. For purposes of eligibility determination and enrollment in BHP, an individual cannot be a member of more than one family.

(16) "Financial sponsor" means a person, organization or other entity, approved by the administrator, that is responsible for payment of all or a designated portion of the monthly premiums on behalf of a subscriber and any dependents.

(17) "Gross family income" means total cash receipts, as defined in (a) of this subsection, before taxes, from all sources, for subscriber and dependents whether or not they are enrolled in BHP, with the exceptions noted in (b) of this subsection. An average of documented income received over a period of several months will be used for purposes of eligibility determination, unless documentation submitted confirms a change in circumstances so that an average would not be an accurate reflection of current income. A twelve-month average will be used when calculating gambling income, lump-sum payments, and income from capital gains. A twelve-month history of receipts and expenses will be required for calculating self-employment or rental income unless the applicant or enrollee has not owned the business for at least twelve months.

(a) Income includes:

(i) Wages, tips and salaries before any deductions;

(ii) Net receipts from nonfarm self-employment (receipts from a person's own business, professional enterprise, or partnership, after deductions for business expenses). A net loss from self-employment will not be used to offset other income sources. In calculating net self-employment income, deductions will not be allowed for noncash-flow items such as depreciation, amortization, or business use of home, except that:

(A) A deduction for business use of the home may be allowed in cases where the enrollee has documented that more than fifty percent of their home is used for the business for the majority of the year; or

(B) A deduction for business use of the home may be allowed in cases where the enrollee has documented that they maintain a separate building located on the same property as their home that is used exclusively for the business;

(iii) Net receipts from farm self-employment (receipts from a farm which one operates as an owner, renter, or sharecropper, after deductions for farm operating expenses). In calculating net self-employment income, deductions will not be allowed for noncash-flow items such as depreciation, amortization, or business use of home, and a net loss from self-employment will not be used to offset other income sources;

(iv) Periodic payments from Social Security, railroad retirement, military pension or retirement pay, military disability pensions, military disability payments, government employee pensions, private pensions, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, and strike benefits from union funds;

(v) Payments for punitive damages;

(vi) Public assistance, alimony, child support, and military family allotments;

(vii) Work study, assistantships, or training stipends;

(viii) Dividends and interest accessible to the enrollee without a penalty for early withdrawal;

(ix) Net rental income, net royalties, and net gambling or lottery winnings;

(x) Lump sum inheritances and periodic receipts from estates or trusts; and

(xi) Short-term capital gains, such as from the sale of stock or real estate.

(b) Income does not include the following types of money received:

(i) Any assets drawn down as withdrawals from a bank, the sale of property, a house or a car;

(ii) Tax refunds, gifts, loans, one-time insurance payments, other than for punitive damages, and one-time payments or winnings received more than one month prior to application;

(iii) Noncash receipts, such as the employer-paid or union-paid portion of health insurance or other employee fringe benefits, food or housing received in lieu of wages, the value of food and fuel produced and consumed on farms, the imputed value of rent from owner-occupied nonfarm or farm housing, goods or services received due to payments a trust makes to a third party, and such noncash benefit programs as Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches, state supplementary payment income that is specifically dedicated to reimburse for services received, and housing assistance;

(iv) Income earned by dependent children with the exception of distributions from a corporation, partnership, or business;

(v) Income of a family member who resides in another household when such income is not available to the subscriber or dependents seeking enrollment in BHP;

(vi) College or university scholarships, grants, and fellowships;

(vii) Payments from the department of social and health services adoption support program authorized under RCW 26.33.320 and 74.13.100 through 74.13.145;

(viii) Long-term capital gains;

(ix) Crime victims' compensation;

(x) Documented child care expenses for the care of a dependent child of a subscriber may be deducted (at a rate set by the administrator and consistent with Internal Revenue Service requirements) when calculating gross family income. To qualify for this deduction:

(A) The subscriber and the spouse listed as a dependent on the account, if any, must be employed or attending school full-time during the time the child care expenses were paid; and

(B) Payment may not be paid to a parent or stepparent of the child or to a dependent child of the subscriber or his/her spouse.

(18) "Home care agency" means a private or public agency or organization that administers or provides home care services directly or through a contract arrangement to ill, disabled, or infirm persons in places of temporary or permanent residence, and is licensed by the department of social and health services (DSHS) as a home care agency. In order to qualify, the agency must be under contract with one of the following DSHS programs: Chore, Medicaid Personal Care, Community Options Program Entry System (COPES) or Respite Care (up to level three).

(19) "Institution" means a federal, state, county, city or other government correctional or detention facility or government-funded facility where health care historically has been provided and funded through the budget of the operating agency, and includes, but is not limited to: Washington state department of corrections institutions; federal, county and municipal government jail and detention institutions; Washington state department of veterans affairs soldiers' and veterans' homes; department of social and health services state hospitals and facilities and juvenile rehabilitation institutions and group homes. An institution does not include: Educational institutions; government-funded acute health care or mental health facilities except as provided above; chemical dependency facilities; and nursing homes.

(20) "Institutionalized" means to be confined, voluntarily or involuntarily, by court order or health status, in an institution, as defined in subsection (19) of this section. This does not include persons on work release or who are residents of higher education institutions, acute health care facilities, alcohol and chemical dependency facilities, or nursing homes.

(21) "Insurance broker" or "agent" means a person who is currently licensed as a disability insurance broker or agent, according to the laws administered by the office of the insurance commissioner under chapter 48.17 RCW.

(22) "Managed health care system" (or "MHCS") means:

(a) Any health care organization (including health care providers, insurers, health care service contractors, health maintenance organizations, or any combination thereof) which has entered into a contract with the HCA to provide basic health care services; or

(b) A self-funded or self-insured method of providing insurance coverage to subsidized enrollees provided under RCW 41.05.140 and subject to the limitations under RCW 70.47.100(7).

(23) "Maternity benefits through medical assistance," also known as S-Medical, means the coordinated program between BHP and DSHS for eligible pregnant women. This program includes all Medicaid benefits, including maternity coverage. Eligible members must be at or below one hundred eighty-five percent of the federal poverty level. Eligibility for this program is determined by DSHS, based on Medicaid eligibility criteria.

(24) "Medicaid" means the Title XIX Medicaid program administered by the department of social and health services, and includes the medical care programs provided to the "categorically needy" and the "medically needy" as defined in chapter 388-503 WAC.

(25) "Medicare" means programs established by Title XVIII of Public Law 89-97, as amended, "Health Insurance for the Aged and Disabled."

(26) "Nonsubsidized enrollee" or "full premium enrollee" means an individual who enrolls in BHP, as the subscriber or dependent, and who pays or on whose behalf is paid the full costs for participation in BHP, without subsidy from the HCA.

(27) "Open enrollment" means a time period designated by the administrator during which enrollees may enroll additional dependents or apply to transfer their enrollment from one managed health care system to another.

(28) "Participating employee" means an employee of a participating employer or home care agency who has met all the eligibility requirements and has been enrolled for coverage under BHP.

(29) "Participating employer" means an employer who has been approved for enrollment in BHP as an employer group.

(30) "Preexisting condition" means any illness, injury or condition for which, in the six months immediately preceding an enrollee's effective date of enrollment in BHP:

(a) Treatment, consultation or a diagnostic test was recommended for or received by the enrollee; or

(b) Medication was prescribed or recommended for the enrollee; or

(c) Symptoms existed which would ordinarily cause a reasonably prudent individual to seek medical diagnosis, care or treatment.

(31) "Premium" means a periodic payment, determined under RCW 70.47.060(2), which an individual, an employer, a financial sponsor, or other entity makes to BHP for enrollment in BHP.

(32) "Program" means subsidized BHP, nonsubsidized BHP, BHP Plus, maternity benefits through medical assistance, or other such category of enrollment specified within this chapter.

(33) "Provider" or "health care provider" means a health care professional or institution duly licensed and accredited to provide covered services in the state of Washington.

(34) "Rate" means the amount, including administrative charges and any applicable premium and prepayment tax imposed under RCW 48.14.0201, negotiated by the administrator with and paid to a managed health care system, to provide BHP health care benefits to enrollees.

(35) "Schedule of benefits" means the basic health care services adopted and from time to time amended by the administrator, which an enrollee shall be entitled to receive from a managed health care system in exchange for payment of premium and applicable co-payments, as described in the member handbook.

(36) "Service area" means the geographic area served by a managed health care system as defined in its contract with HCA.

(37) "Subscriber" is a person who applies to BHP on his/her own behalf or on behalf of his/her dependents, if any, who is responsible for payment of premiums and to whom BHP sends notices and communications. The subscriber may be a BHP enrollee or the spouse, parent, or guardian of an enrolled dependent and may or may not be enrolled for coverage. Notices to a subscriber and, if applicable, a financial sponsor or employer shall be considered notice to the subscriber and his/her enrolled dependents.

(38) "Subsidized enrollee" or "reduced premium enrollee" means an individual who ((enrolls in BHP, either as the subscriber or an eligible dependent, whose current gross family income does not exceed twice the federal poverty level as adjusted for family size and determined annually by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and who receives a premium subsidy from the HCA. Full-time students who have received a temporary visa to study in the United States are not eligible to enroll as subsidized enrollees. To the extent that state funds are specifically appropriated for this purpose, with a corresponding federal match, "subsidized enrollee" also means an individual who enrolls in BHP, either as the subscriber or an eligible dependent, whose current gross family income is more than two hundred percent, but less than two hundred fifty-one percent, of the federal poverty level as adjusted for family size and determined annually by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and who receives a premium subsidy from the HCA)) is not a full-time student who has received a temporary visa to study in the United States and who otherwise meets the criteria in (a), (b), or (c) of this subsection.

(a) An individual who enrolls in BHP, either as the subscriber or an eligible dependent, whose current gross family income does not exceed twice the federal poverty level as adjusted for family size and determined annually by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and who receives a premium subsidy from the HCA.

(b) An individual who enrolls in BHP, either as the subscriber or an eligible dependent, and who is a foster parent licensed under chapter 74.15 RCW and whose current gross family income does not exceed three hundred percent of the federal poverty level as adjusted for family size and determined annually by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and who receives a premium subsidy from the HCA.

(c) To the extent that state funds are specifically appropriated for this purpose, with a corresponding federal match, "subsidized enrollee" also means an individual who enrolls in BHP, either as the subscriber or an eligible dependent, whose current gross family income is more than two hundred percent, but less than two hundred fifty-one percent, of the federal poverty level as adjusted for family size and determined annually by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and who receives a premium subsidy from the HCA.

(39) "Subsidy" means the difference between the amount of periodic payment the HCA makes to a managed health care system on behalf of a subsidized enrollee, and the amount determined to be the subsidized enrollee's responsibility under RCW 70.47.060(2).

(40) "Washington state resident" or "resident," for purposes of this chapter, means a person who physically resides and maintains a residence in the state of Washington.

(a) To be considered a Washington resident, enrollees who are temporarily out of Washington state for any reason:

(i) May be required to demonstrate their intent to return to Washington state; and

(ii) May not be out of Washington state for more than three consecutive calendar months.

(b) Dependent children who meet the requirements of subsection (9)(b)(ii) of this section and are attending school out-of-state may be considered to be residents if they are out-of-state during the school year, provided their primary residence is in Washington state and they return to Washington state during breaks. Dependent children attending school out-of-state may also be required to provide proof that they pay out-of-state tuition, vote in Washington state and file their federal income taxes using a Washington state address.

(c) "Residence" may include, but is not limited to:

(i) A home the person owns or is purchasing or renting;

(ii) A shelter or other physical location where the person is staying in lieu of a home; or

(iii) Another person's home.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050. 06-11-158 (Order 05-06), 182-25-010, filed 5/24/06, effective 7/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050 and 2005 c 188. 05-17-078 (Order 05-03), 182-25-010, filed 8/12/05, effective 9/12/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050 and 2004 c 192. 04-23-012 (Order 04-03), 182-25-010, filed 11/5/04, effective 1/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.020(4) and 70.47.060 (5) and (9). 03-18-039 (Order 02-01), 182-25-010, filed 8/27/03, effective 10/1/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.020 (4) and (5), 70.47.060 (9) and (10), 74.08A.100 and 2002 c 371. 02-24-051 (Order 02-06), 182-25-010, filed 12/3/02, effective 1/1/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050. 01-09-001 (Order 00-08), 182-25-010, filed 4/4/01, effective 5/5/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050 and 70.47.020 as revised by E2SSB 6067. 01-01-134 (Order 00-04), 182-25-010, filed 12/20/00, effective 1/20/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.060 and 70.47.100. 99-24-005 (Order 99-06), 182-25-010, filed 11/18/99, effective 12/19/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050, 70.47.060(9) and SHB 2556. 98-15-018, 182-25-010, filed 7/6/98, effective 8/6/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050. 98-07-002, 182-25-010, filed 3/5/98, effective 4/5/98; 97-15-003, 182-25-010, filed 7/3/97, effective 8/3/97; 96-15-024, 182-25-010, filed 7/9/96, effective 8/9/96.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 04-03, filed 11/5/04, effective 1/1/05)

WAC 182-25-080   Premiums and co-payments.   (1) Subscribers or their employer or financial sponsor shall be responsible for paying the full monthly premium to BHP, on behalf of the subscriber and all enrolled dependents, according to the most current premium schedule. A third party may, with the approval of the administrator, become a financial sponsor and pay all or a designated portion of the premium on behalf of a subscriber and dependents, if any.

(2) The amount of premium due from or on behalf of a subsidized enrollee will be based upon the subscriber's gross family income, the managed health care system selected by the subscriber, rates payable to managed health care systems, and the number and ages of individuals in the subscriber's family.

(3) Once BHP has determined that an applicant and his/her dependents (if any) are eligible for enrollment, the applicant or employer or financial sponsor will be informed of the amount of the first month's premium for the applicant and his/her enrolled dependents. New enrollees will not be eligible to receive covered services on the effective date of enrollment specified by BHP unless the premium has been paid by the due date given. Thereafter, BHP will bill each subscriber or employer or financial sponsor monthly.

(4) Full payment for premiums due must be received by BHP by the date specified on the premium statement. If BHP does not receive full payment of a premium by the date specified on the premium statement, BHP shall issue a notice of delinquency to the subscriber, at the subscriber's last address on file with BHP or, in the case of group or financial sponsor coverage, to the employer or financial sponsor. If full payment is not received by the date specified in the delinquency notice, the subscriber and enrolled family members will be suspended from coverage for one month. If payment is not received by the due date on the notice of suspension, the subscriber and enrolled family members will be disenrolled effective the date of the initial suspension. If an enrollee's coverage is suspended more than two times in a twelve-month period, the enrollee will be disenrolled for nonpayment under the provisions of WAC 182-25-090(2). Partial payment of premiums due, payment which for any reason cannot be applied to the correct BHP enrollee's account, or payment by check which is not signed, cannot be processed, or is returned due to nonsufficient funds will be regarded as nonpayment.

(5) Enrollees shall be responsible for paying any required co-payment, coinsurance, or deductible directly to the provider of a covered service or directly to the MHCS. Repeated failure to pay co-payments, coinsurance, or other cost-sharing in full on a timely basis may result in disenrollment, as provided in WAC 182-25-090(2).

(6) Monthly premiums due for foster parents with gross family income up to two hundred percent of the federal poverty level will be set at the minimum premium amount charged to enrollees with income below sixty-five percent of the federal poverty level. Monthly premiums due for foster parents with gross family income between two hundred percent and three hundred percent of the federal poverty level will not exceed one hundred dollars per month.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050 and 2004 c 192. 04-23-012 (Order 04-03), 182-25-080, filed 11/5/04, effective 1/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050 and 70.47.090. 02-19-053 (Order 01-08), 182-25-080, filed 9/12/02, effective 10/13/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.47.050. 98-07-002, 182-25-080, filed 3/5/98, effective 4/5/98; 96-15-024, 182-25-080, filed 7/9/96, effective 8/9/96.]

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